Warner Brothers changed the release date for when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit the theaters, ostensibly to adjust their release schedule and space out the anticipated release dates of nine other movies in their DC plan a bit more evenly. Many people feel like the real reason for the shift in the release date is so that it will not face direct competition from Marvel’s Captain America 3 movie. Both were originally set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016, but now, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive earlier, on March 25, 2016, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Because of the change in the release date of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, there will not be the showdown between DC Comics and Marvel that many fans had thought would happen. Both Batman and superman are major draws for DC and they are the most well-known of DC’s superheroes, but Marvel and Disney have been riding high on a string of huge box office successes. A head-to-head showdown would have been interesting, to say the least.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is being directed by Zack Snyder, who also directed the first movie in the Warner Brothers series, Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill in the dual roles of Clark Kent/Superman. Bruce Wayne and Batman, as likely most people know by now, will be played by Ben Affleck, while Gal Gadot will be playing the dual roles of Diana Prince and /Wonder Woman. Jeremy Irons will be Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred. The villainous Lex Luther will be played by the actor, Jesse Eisenberg.
Right now, there are nine DC movies that Warner Brothers plans to release, with scheduled release dates extending all of the way to 2020. Warner Brothers claims that they moved the release date of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice up to March 25, 2016, as a part of their constructing a more sensible movie release schedule for the nine DC Comics flicks.
The news of the nine DC Comics flicks that Warner Brothers has in the works was actually announced at the San Diego Comic Con, but it was largely ignored at the time, as the titles of the movies were not also announced. Still, nine is pretty impressive, surpassing Marvel’s announcement that they have five future movies in the planning stages.
Though none of the nine have yet had actual titles associated with them, there are indications that Sandman and Shazam will be two of them. Also, of course, the title, alone, of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice indicates that there is at least one Justice League movie planned by Warner Brothers.
Besides Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will be released now on March 25, 2016, instead of May 6, 2016, the dates that the nine movies are tentatively scheduled to be released are August 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; November 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; November 16, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020; June 19, 2020; and November 20, 2020.
Though Warner Brothers claims that it has changed the release date of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from May 6, 2016, to March 25, 2016, to space out their nine planned DC Comics movies better, many fans strongly suspect that the studio really did not want to risk potential failure by having the film go head-to-head against Marvel’s Captain America 3. Now, there is no way to know what would have happened if the two potential blockbusters had been released on the same day.
Written By Douglas Cobb